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Eye of the Beholder (2000)

Ashley Judd , Ewan McGregor  |  R |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ashley Judd, Ewan McGregor
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWPO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eye of the Beholder" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

This problematic thriller boasts several inspired elements, especially intelligent, committed performances by leads Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd, both of whom have become hot commodities. Fans should definitely investigate their incisive work here, even if McGregor and Judd's talents are ultimately cast into a lost cause.

Judd plays a black-widow serial murderer named Joanna, who is systematically seducing and killing men who, in one way or another, are outside the ordinary. (Among her victims is a blind mulimillionaire, played by Patrick Bergin, and a nasty loser portrayed, surprisingly, by Jason Priestley.) McGregor is on board as a British intelligence agent who happens to be following her. Referred to as "the Eye," McGregor's operative is a haunted man abandoned years before by his wife and daughter. His isolation is such that he holds imaginary conversations with the latter, and she advises him to take pity on Joanna and protect her even as she carries on with her monstrous mission.

That's precisely what he does, at a distance, ushering in comparisons to Hitchcock's classics about voyeurism and obsession, particularly Vertigo and Rear Window. (Allusions to Francis Coppola's The Conversation are unavoidable as well.) But despite the great material (the 1980 source novel by Marc Behm was highly praised by The New York Times) and a fascinating cast (including Geneviève Bujold and k.d. lang), Eye of the Beholder bogs down in Stephan Elliott's often thoughtless, obvious direction. Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) grinds down several members of the cast by insisting on dreary, one-note performances, and he makes a long movie seem even longer by telegraphing story twists and other developments long before they happen. Justice would be served if one could extract Judd and McGregor's appearances here and graft them onto a better movie, but so it goes. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Ewan McGregor stars as The Eye, an isolated British intelligence agent. The Eye's current mission is to track Joanna Eris (Ashley Judd), a woman suspected of blackmailing the son of a senior British official. But Eris is far more than a blackmailer. she is a master of disguise, a frenzied murderer, a lost orphan and a mystery whose rage is as fierce as her beauty.

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie refutes its title March 4, 2002
I love arty, convoluted films (Mulholland Drive, Memento, etc.) but this movie is just drek. I cannot comprehend how someone as talented and unimaginably beautiful as Ashley Judd deigned to be in this piece of ... whatever it is. It defies description. Even the prospect of seeing Ashley nude again hasn't led me to watch this a second time.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a bag of crap... July 21, 2002
By A Customer
This had to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The worst part of this movie were the woefully undeveloped characters of McGregor and Judd. McGregor's character has some sick and strange obsession with Judd's serial killer. The man lost a daughter. So what? This does not explain the reason he follows Judd around during the entire movie. He protects her several times throughout the film but he also nearly Kills Her! Judd's black widow serial killer is never really explained well either. Was she sexually abused, did her mommy hit her and call her names? Any thing that could have explained her character's reasons for being who she was were left out. McGregor and Judd were not to blame for this. Their performances were the best they could have been for this trainwreck. The fault for this disaster lies with the director and writer who translated this story film. With a better director and writer this might have been a taut psychological thriller.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why this movie is still with me after five years September 23, 2005
I saw this movie maybe five years ago. I have found myself thinking back on it at the oddest times and without apparent reason. It happened again to me today, and I decided to look on Amazon to see if there were any insightful reviews offering opinions as to why this movie still compels me. I was surprised to discover that praise for this movie is about as hard to find as WMD in Iraq.

In fact, if you rewrote the bad reviews by keeping all of their points intact, but changed the conclusions to read, "this is why I liked it", you'd be on the right track to finding the film's strengths. I say on the right track because what the film ultimately gives life to is something greater than its many parts. It yields a haunting and compelling image of loss, dissolution, madness, and glimpses of redemption that only highlight how far past saving these characters are. I think about this movie, and I remember the emotions, the mood of it, the way a smell from your childhood can bring long forgotten memories back.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two psychotics find a deeper psychosis June 17, 2000
By A Customer
This movie is so bad that I'm sure that someone will like it. A twelve-year-old's idea of an "art" film. Lots of cute effects and disconnected scenes, as one crazy stalks another for far too long. For me it just went from bad to horrid to utterly awful, finishing with an ending that plumbed the depths of pointlessness....
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is bleak!! October 2, 2004
This is bleak! Ewan McGregor plays a British secret agent (known only as "the Eye") sent to spy on a diplomat's son because of a questionable woman that son is involved with. Questionable? That doesn't begin to describe it. The agent soon sees that the woman in Question, Joanna Eris, is a maniacal killer, about to stab to death the man the agent was sent to watch. Then no sooner then he finds out he's too late to save the poor man, the agent starts getting seduced by Joanna Eris like she were sweet or something. But Joanna Eris isn't sweet! She's a scum-sucking road

murderer! Then the crazed agent starts following Joanna Eris around like she's the object of his tenderest affections. Maybe in his demented way, she is. As she wanders all over the country, he follows her and becomes all the more obsessed with her, forsaking his job and everything else. What could he possibly see in her? I have no idea. Really. Guess maybe he's just got a BIG lunatic crush on her. Some people actually say they like this movie. But a lot of them say the ending is really bleak. What were they expecting? The only way I could think of to pull a happy ending out of this cinematic train wreck is if both the Eye and Joanna were sucked up into the land of Oz, where they went to see the Wizard, and he gave the Eye a brain and Joanna a heart. But that would be just TOO MUCH thinking out of the box for this cinematic toxic waste dump. It should be left where it is with an ending that fits. Why is this movie a hopeless mess that some are still messing with, wishing it had a "happy" ending? Because Joanna Eris is a mean girl, that's why! At least some of us who are mean admit we're mean. But Joanna Eris tries to hide it behind little whiny pleas, of "Oh poor me. My father disappeared on Christmas one year.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless May 31, 2000
This movie is probably the worst storyline I have ever seen. Ewan MacGregor follows Ashley Judd around for months, spying on her & supposedly keeping her safe from harm. He looks into her background - finds out she was abandoned as a child by her father, feels empathy for her - because his wife took off with his daughter. A daughter he imagines seeing throughout the entire movie. There is no real plot, other thank that and the ending is pathetic. "I wish you love", indeed! Do not waste your money or time on this movie.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip it January 2, 2002
By A Customer
First, let me say I'm a Ewan McGregor fan and it pains me to find fault with any of his films, but this one is a stinker. To those who feel you must be intelligent to appreciate this film I say: I have a law degree and I couldn't begin to tell you what this movie is about. Furthermore, anything you have to watch 4 times to understand is not a good movie and certainly doesn't deserve an Oscar much less your valuable time. A good director will not make it so painfully hard for anyone to try and figure out what they just spent two hours watching. I like intrigue and suspense as much as the next person, and I even like endings that are open to interpretation. This movie, however, is not satisfying in the least. It was slow, choppy, lacking in any attachment to the two lead characters and a basic waste of time. My advice is to skip it and find a movie with a real story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome company
Hello there,
I just wanted to let you know that my DVD arrived "Eye of the beholder",Thank you so much for your efforts to get this sent to me. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Carolyn R. Fortney
5.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy and Creative Movie
I first saw this movie years ago and it remains one of my favorites. I just purchased it for the second time from Amazon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GaryDallas
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Ashley Judd made some very good movies... why she stopped leaves me both sad and confused. She was on a roll there for a while. I think like most of her films they appeal to women.
Published 3 months ago by Raven
3.0 out of 5 stars Eye of The Beholder
I was disappointed - found it very hard to follow, would not recommend it. I watched it as the choice of genre, but also because of
kd lang's appearance. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anne L. Wing
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I watched this years ago and was thrilled to find it on here because I couldn't remember the title and Amazon is so great at being able to look things up I found it. Great flick!
Published 14 months ago by S. Hamlin
2.0 out of 5 stars BUMMER
Published 15 months ago by HELEN. CARTER
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the film
Holywood produces too many formula-type plot movies that are covered over with excessive action to hide the same-old situations. Eye of the Beholder is not one of these movies. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joseph F. Keeney
2.0 out of 5 stars No Sorry, Better Movies Out There
I just wasn't a big fan of this movie. During there was some interesting action and I was always wondering if she really was killing all these people or was it part of his... Read more
Published on December 10, 2011 by M. Clifford
4.0 out of 5 stars well I liked it
Of course I like Ashley Judd, and it was a good plot, well acted, good location shots- . An interesting pshological movie/ Better than most movies/ I do watch a lot of old... Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Live to Ride
5.0 out of 5 stars INSANITY, INTRIGUE, BEAUTY & ROMANCE. . .
...What more could any person want?

To say this flick is enigmatically intriguing from the very beginning until the very end means placing it into a class unto its own. Read more
Published on August 12, 2011 by G. Bowman Jr.
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